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Off the Square

114 S 2nd St, Albemarle, NC 28001-4802
+1 704-986-0621
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  • Excellent60%
  • Very good23%
  • Average11%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible4%
Travellers talk about
“crab cakes” (15 reviews)
“salmon” (11 reviews)
“quiche” (5 reviews)
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Wine Bar, American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
114 S 2nd St, Albemarle, NC 28001-4802
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This restaurant is quaint and romantic. The food is all local and always amazing. Would recommend to anyone. You won’t be disappointed.

Thank Rebecca G
scott l, Owner at Off the Square, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thanks Rebecca!! We appreciate it!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The good points first: The waitress was very sweet and tried hard. My two girls had the kids' grilled cheese with fruit cup and they love theirs. The not so good points: My chicken salad sandwich was mediocre at best. The menu advertised it as...More

Thank Kreno15
scott l, Owner at Off the Square, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for the feedback and we will discuss with our staff your review. We appreciate your business, and we will look into it.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This restaurant is small and is located in the old main street downtown area. Service was good, and the food is outstanding! Salmon on a plank appetizer was delicious. The daily special grilled chicken sandwich was outstanding.

Thank Michael S
scott l, Owner at Off the Square, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Michael, we are so thrilled that you enjoyed your visit. Check out our Facebook page! We have a lot of great food specials this week and we would love to have you back in.

Reviewed 30 March 2018

I had a business dinner in Albemarle, NC and I don't like going to chains for business unless I absolutely have to. I found this little place, thanks to TripAdvisor and the great reviews. Sure enough it lived up to my expectations. A really lovely...More

Thank rsvossrn
scott l, Owner at Off the Square, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We appreciate your kind words about our restaurant and are so happy that everyone enjoyed their meal and service. We look forward to having you back soon!

Reviewed 25 March 2018

Visited Off The Square multiple times over the years. Usually for dinner and sometimes for lunch. Service during lunchtime is extremely slow, dinner is better in that regard. We have stopped going as the food coming out of the kitchen is consistently inconsistent. Sometimes the...More

1  Thank TandhisGirl2011
scott l, Owner at Off the Square, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We are so sorry to hear that your visit was not up to the standards that we strive for. We have worked really hard on improving menu items and have addressed this issue as consistency is very important to us. We hope that you will...More

Reviewed 17 March 2018 via mobile

This was an amazing restaurant. Our group enjoyed the bread, shrimp and grits and the salmon. My group also enjoyed the apple cinnamon cake with ice cream and the peanut butter chocolate pie. Restaurant has an excellent bar and friendly staff. Don’t miss this place...More

Thank Jeff S
scott l, Owner at Off the Square, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks Jeff! We love to hear reviews like these! We appreciate your business and look forward to your next visit!

Reviewed 4 March 2018 via mobile

Very pricy and small portions. Great service and delicious food, but too expensive. Kid's meal hamburger portion was just a roll with meat. We left hungry.

Thank Steven H
scott l, Owner at Off the Square, responded to this reviewResponded 6 March 2018

We love that you enjoyed our food and service! Please come back soon and we will make sure you don't leave hungry!

Reviewed 26 February 2018 via mobile

I’ve eaten here several times. It never disappoints. It’s always hard to decide what to eat because it’s all so good. I try to get one of the monthly specials each visit.

Thank Kristin O
scott l, Owner at Off the Square, responded to this reviewResponded 6 March 2018

Tank you Kristin! We appreciate your continued business and look forward to you trying our March specials!!!

Reviewed 25 February 2018 via mobile

We've driven through Albemarle a few times and so far have only seen the main drag and chain restaurants. Exploring a little and found this place. The cheese board and the quiche were completely delightful but it was so noisy we finally gave up on...More

Thank travelingmom1998
scott l, Owner at Off the Square, responded to this reviewResponded 6 March 2018

As new owners we are currently looking into solutions to enhance the customer experience and the noise level is at the top of our list! Thank you for your feedback and please come back and see us soon!!!

Reviewed 15 February 2018 via mobile

Wonderful little place with delicious food. Stopped by for lunch had the black bean burger topped with a sauce that had a nice little kick to it. It also came with one side I picked sweet potato chips it was great. The key lime pie...More

Thank line1155
scott l, Owner at Off the Square, responded to this reviewResponded 6 March 2018

We appreciate all of the kind words regarding our food!!! We can't wait to see you again!

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Tammy E
5 May 2017|
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Response from scott l | Property representative |
Thanks for your inquiry. We do offer takeout however we do not deliver.
28 September 2016|
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Response from scott l | Property representative |
Hi! We are currently working towards opening for Sunday brunch in the coming months. We've had a lot of requests from our guests for this, and are aiming to start this by opening for one Sunday a month to start with to give... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$35
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly, Business meetings
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
10:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 114 S 2nd St, Albemarle, NC 28001-4802
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Albemarle
  • Phone Number: +1 704-986-0621
  • E-mail
Off the Square is a casual upscale restaurant focused on creating an unforgettable dining experience by using local ingredients to craft gourmet cuisine from scratch. Along with our house-made appetizers, entrees, and desserts, we feature a carefully selected assortment of wines, spirits, and craft beers. We strive every day to provide courteous service and a welcoming atmosphere. Off the Square is one of five NC restaurants that were recognized for featuring locally grown, raised, caught and made products during the second annual "Dig Into Local Best Menu NC" contest by the NC Department of Agriculture!
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